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Gardiren Castle
by Noel M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/07/2015 21:47:03
FIRST - be sure you do not purchase Gardiren #10 The Jug Inn, chances are good you read the note long before you read this review. It was frustrating to purchase both together only to discover that it was included in this module; no did not read the description - did not feel I needed to because I was adding this to my collection of Kaldor Kingdom material. Oh well CAVEAT EMPTOR. Of all the products I have purchased over the last 30 years for Role Playing Games Harn/Columbia products are some of the best. Drivethrue RPG has made this wonderful because I can print one sided pages to make notes for my campaigns involving these modules.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Olokand Castle
by Noel M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/07/2015 21:41:09
Received a lot more than I had hoped for, for a higher fantasy setting the Ona-Setrum would be a great starting place for an extensive Dungeon Crawl. Harn settings are wonderful (as intended) for non-Harn RPGs and this is just another example.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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HarnManor
by Noel M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/07/2015 21:36:01
Are you a GM? Do you need to understand better the premise behind Medieval Manors? This will help to paint a very wonderful image and create some realism as well as help you plan out a Manor. Granted it is originally set up for Harn, but the principles and information are useful for a feudal based fantasy gaming system. If you have acquired other Harn products or "Fanon" that has stats for Manors this book will help interpret the information given.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Law
by Noel M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/07/2015 21:31:38
Non-Harn RPG is you are looking to make your world a little more medieval without a lot of research this supplement is awesome to help any GM create an experience involving law and custom; great guidelines for more than just a feudal system.

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Tavern Games
by Bradley F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/03/2014 14:18:21
It is really difficult to rate a free document, because honestly if you don't like all you wasted is a bit of your time. Columbia Game's Tavern Games document is, however, pretty good. It details, as far as I can tell, real world games and gives most of them a lore-appropriate name. It is well written and doesn't hurt to download as a small supplement for your players to pass time if you need to set things up.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Atlas Map J5
by Bradley F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/03/2014 14:03:04
This is the first, but definitely not the last, map I have bought. They are very high quality and very detailed, and you can use the measurement tool in adobe reader to measure the mileage between locales (if you are a sucker for precision, like I am). You can certainly zoom in as much as you like because, if I am not mistaken, it is a vector drawing, like something typically done in Adobe Illustrator. In other words, the boundaries, lines, etc. resize as you zoom in to keep everything crisp and smooth (as opposed to raster or pixel images which get blurry as you zoom).

IN SUMMATION; it's a great map to have and use to plan things out or figure distances on the fly, provided you use a computer or something while you game.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Shiran's Pamesani Arena Map
by Mark S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/29/2014 22:49:56
A free map of a gladiator arena. Anyone can draw (or trace) a circle.

Not everyone can imagine the animal and gladiator cells below and beside the arena.

Five stars for a good game value.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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HarnMaster Magic
by Mattias L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/24/2014 03:11:00
I love the Hârnmaster world setting. The rules aren't the easiest ones but supports the setting fine. Hârnmaster Shek-Pvar (Magic) is a coherent rule system for spells and magic items. A lot of focus is on players designing their own spells and the existing ones serve more as examples than a finished "grimoire". If you like the magic of Tolkien or GRR Martin, you will enjoy this. If you're more a boardgame/class level/d&d player this might not be what you're looking for. Strongly recommended, if not only for the new interesting take on magic and spells.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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City of Shiran E14: Bull Ring Tavern
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/21/2014 10:47:16
This nice little write-up describes a tavern in the City of Shiran. As always, it is embedded beautifully into the setting, with little details that bring it to life and a few adventure hooks thrown in.

This is no ordinary tavern. It lurks unmarked in the cellars of a warehouse, but is popular with local working folk and with members of the nobility who have a taste for low-life and blood sports for the Bull Ring boasts a combat arena in which dogs, rats, cocks, badgers and men fight. Fighters can make good money, if they survive victorious, and of course betting on the outcome thrives.

The normal residents of the building sound decidely unpleasant types, indeed the entire tavern is ripe for clearing out by decent and upstanding citizens. If your party, however, has more disreputable tastes they may find it a suitable watering hole and a place to make useful contacts.

There is a page of descriptive material about the tavern and what transpires there, floorplans and room descriptions and four hooks to get the party involved with the place.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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City of Cherafir D5: Clothier
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/18/2014 07:54:24
You'd never think there was so much to write about a garment shop, but this is filled with little snippets that make this small but prosperous establishment fair spring to life!

This is a very speciast place, an ecclesiastical robe-maker's shop - a broad minded one, they cater to several faiths - providing the very best in vestments and other apparel to the well-heeled religious. Fine embroidery, gold thread, silks in delicate and rare shades, it's all here. Perhaps there's the odd hidden secret as well.

Crammed into a scant two pages are a wealth of background detail, a full plan and description of the premises and several adventure ideas involving the shop and its inhabitants.

It is this level of detail that makes a place really come to life, a sheer delight to have even if your characters walk straight by without a second glance... and if they don't, why you have every last detail at your fingertips, whether that high-level cleric in the party wants some ceremonial garb or if they want to get involved in any of the adventures described, or one of your own.

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Larani: Order of the Checkered Shield
by Daniel K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/26/2013 06:36:38
This supplement, for me, has been long anticipated. The fluff gives a great depth to Western Harn and the political situation there. The overview of life in this military/religious order is helpful without being burdensome. The game mechanic expansion is very balanced to allow the building of PCs or NPCs who are apart of the order.

I can't wait for Lady of Paladins.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Alienage District Map
by Will B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/17/2013 03:07:34
Harn has always the best maps and really set the standard, I love this one. Very realistic.

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City of Shiran
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/02/2013 13:03:31
This excellent resource provides an overview - and plenty of detail - about Hârn's smallest city, which is renowened as the pleasure capital of Hârn: somewhere characters are likely to relish visiting, as well as finding plenty adventure and entertainment to be had.

History, economics and politics are described, painting a picture of a functioning, thriving yet corrupt city, where simple transactions can be overshadowed by a complex web of client-patron relationships that can be baffling to outsiders... yet flout them at your peril! Nepotism and patronage are rife, even the law courts do not escape... and virtually every crime can be settled by paying a fine.

There is a map of the city, situated on a bend in the river Thard, with descriptions of the various districts and notable locations to be found there. Each district has a more detailed map of its own, with notes about the businesses and other places of interest within that district - perfect for planning your visit and accommodating those players who want to know all about where they can find the goods and services that they are after. There's loads of those little details that make a place really come to life within your alternate reality - memorable locals each with their own stories, abitions and plans who provide a real sense that life here continues even after the adventurers have passed on elsewhere. Who can forget the lazy scribe whose scrolls are of low quality because she cannot be bothered to prepare them thoroughly, or the tutor who is so popular that mothers offer to sleep with him so that their children can get a place in his schoolroom?

An establishment called the Crimson Palace is described in detail: this may be a comment on the average adventurer given that it's an upmarket brothel! Still, should your characters fancy a night of negotiable affection, all the details you'll need are here, from the layout of the premises to notes on the courtesans that will wait on them hand and foot. Even for those not wishing the more, ah, intimate pleasures, there is much enjoyment to be had, the kitchen and cellar are first rate.

For those with other ideas in mind, the next section gives an equally-detailed account of the Pamesani Arena. Gladiators and animals perform here, and there is plenty of detail about the 'backstage' areas should the characters have occasion to visit as well as of the arena itself - which is big enough, it is said, to accommodate all the citizens of Shiran should they wish to attend a show. As well as fights, theatrical performances are held here, and it can be rented for private duels. The facility is owned and managed by the Order of the Octagonal Pit, whose temple is housed here.

For those of a religious bent, the Temple of Halea is covered next. This goddess, the Queen of Pleasures and Self-Fulfillment, is popular with merchants and nobles, and beautiful women, and has quite a following here in the Pleasure Capital of Hârn! Worship includes singing, feasting and mass orgies: unsurprisingly attendance at the main service once a month is good.

Just reading through suggests several adventures, especially if - like me - you happen to like city-based adventures. It would also provide a good place for adventurers to relax and enjoy themselves, especially if they have some money to spend!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Innkeepers
by Mikael H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/26/2013 00:49:04
As all products from Columbia Games this is informative, perfectly layouted ... and expensive. The modular style of Harnmaster makes it easy to switch in these focused articles iwhen needed in a campaign, it is also easy to use in other game systems when those fail to cover any little minutia that tends to pop up from time to time. So if your players (for one reason or another) decides to start up an Inn, this is an excellent starting source for creating the framework for that. Tho an expensive one, I did mention that didn't I.....

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Larani: Order of the Checkered Shield
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/05/2013 11:31:16
Based in Menekod Castle, widely held to be the key to the Kingdom of Kanday if not all Western Hârn, this order of knights and men-at-arms is the militant arm of the Larani faith, being sponsored by the Order of Hyvrik.

Members of the order are easy to spot, with red and white checked (chequey of twenty-two gules and argent if you're a herald) shields and white surcoats (knights have a checkered border, squires wearing plain white ones), with red cloaks. They are one of two fighting orders devoted to Larani, a state of friendly rivalry exists between them and the Order of the Lady Paladin... but there is somewhat less harmony between different factions within the order itself.

The history of the order, well woven into the history of Hârn itself, is laid out as well as the current situation. The present grand master or Chabla is introduced, a formidible fellow.

Like many such orders, the members follow a schedule of prayer, meditation, worship and combat practice. Both men and women may serve as combatant members, serving a period of training as squires before achieving knighthood - unless they have already been knighted before joining the order. About one third of the order are knights, the rest being men-at-arms. Holdings are quite extensive, but there also is provision for wandering knights - knights errant, I suppose - who seek adventure outwith the confines of the order's establishment. This may be a good option for player-characters interested in the order.

As always, the detail is excellent and leaves you ready to play a member of the order or involve them in the day to day activities of your plot.

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